My Life as a Dog

  One morning I woke up in a bad mood, depressed, exhausted, yet motivated, as it seemed to me, to do something spectacular--to attempt some heroic exploit. That is when, alas, I walked out the door on my daily stroll.



  The first person I ran into in the street was a maker of window glass loudly hawking his wares. He virtually punctured the pestilential air of LA with his shouts. I can’t say why the sight of this poor bastard filled me with a surge of violent hatred, but it did.

  I looked at the panes and thought, “What! No colored glass? No rose-colored glass, red glass, blue glass? Where are the magic panes, the window-panes of paradise? What impudence! You barge into my humble neighborhood without even the decency to bring the glass that can make life beautiful.”
And I barked loudly at him.

  The shock made him fall backward, breaking all the glass that remained of his itinerant stock. It sounded like the cracking of a crystal palace split by lightning.

  Drunk with the madness of the moment I howled: “Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!”

  These impulsive jests are not without their hazards, and sometimes there is a stiff price to pay. But what does an eternity of damnation matter to one who has found in a single instant an infinity of joy?


The above was borrowed, and loosely edited by Scruffy, from an excerpt of Charles Baudelaire’s poem Le Mauvais Vitrier.

Scruffy, of course, did read the unedited poem, in the original French.

Saunter with Scruffy and his loyal human companion (and photographer), Rocketeer 007, on their morning walks, at Strollin' with Scruffy.

Cutting Dawn

Something about Dawn:

Old English Ēostre, which gave modern English'd Easter, is thought to derive from Proto-Germanic *austrōn meaning "dawn", itself a descendent of the Proto-Indo-European root *aus-, meaning "to shine" (modern English "east" also derives from this root).



Ēostre or Ostara is a Germanic goddess who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name, is the namesake of the festival of Easter in some languages.



Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work The Reckoning of Time, where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Ēostre's honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time, replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.



The songs of the Neocatechumenal Way are collected in a book named Resucitó (He rose from death). Most of them were composed by Francisco "Kiko" Argüello, others by Italian musicians or participants of the movement. They usually have a style influenced by Flamenco and Israeli music, and occasionally by Negro spirituals.



Based on the Liturgical Movement, specially the ideas of Romano Guardini and Rudolf Schwarz, that would influence the Second Vatican Council renew of liturgy, the Neocatechumenal Way began in 1964 as a community of Gipsies and marginalised poor, who gathered around Argüello , who had come to live among them with his Bible and guitar in the shanty town of 'Palomeras Altas' in Madrid.

The Second Vatican Council, fully the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and informally known as Vatican II, addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world.

Several changes resulted from the council, including the renewal of consecrated life with a revised charism, ecumenical efforts towards dialogue with other religions, and the universal call to holiness, which according to Pope Paul VI was "the most characteristic and ultimate purpose of the teachings of the Council".

The universal call to holiness is rooted in baptism, and the Paschal Mystery.

Paschal Mystery is one of the central concepts of Catholic faith relating to the history of salvation. Its main subject is the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the work "God the Father sent his Son to accomplish on earth".

Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian churches celebrate this mystery on Easter. It is recalled and celebrated also during every Eucharist, and especially on a Sunday, which is the Pascha of the week.

The very first known use of the term Paschal mystery (literally Mystery of the Pascha) was found in the homily of Melito of Sardis On the Pascha written between A.D. 160 and 170:

Understand, therefore, beloved,

how it is new and old,
eternal and temporary,
perishable and imperishable,
mortal and immortal, this mystery of the Pascha:
old as regards the force
but new as regards the Word;
temporary as regards the model,
eternal because of grace
perishable because of the slaughter of the sheep,
imperishable because of the life of the Lord;
mortal because of the burial in earth,
immortal because of the rising from the dead

— On the Pascha, 2-3